Quinoa is taking over the world! And not just because I love it and is grown locally.

You knew that, right? Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah, if you weren’t sure, it’s OK, we all went through that phase, it was scary!) is very good for you and it has a cool name, and in the past few years it’s been stealthily integrating itself into the mainstream and popping up pretty much everywhere.

But it shouldn’t just be relegated to a SIDE dish, no sir. Let quinoa lead the way into a brave new world of texture and complete proteins, at any and all times of day. Here are some ideas to get you started on your path to enlightenment.

For breakfast:

Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars

Hot quinoa cereal

Quinoa pancakes

Quinoa fruit bread


Lunch :

Add quinoa to pretty much anything

Sweet potato salad with pomegranates


Pesto with fresh veggies

Turn it into black bean and quinoa sliders

Other fun stuff:

Taterless Tots

Quinoa and thyme hashbrowns

Quinoa meatloaf

Quinoa crusted chicken

Buffalo cheddar quinoa bites

Quinoa and eggplant parmesan

Quinoa chili!

Don’t stop at a boil and season with salt, get crazy! Have fun!

by Regan Briggs, Executive Chef at The Windsor Hotel